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About Frank Bongiorno

Frank Bongiorno is Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies Coordinator in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he has taught saxophone as well as jazz studies since 1982. During this time at UNCW, his saxophone as well as jazz students have received national and international recognition by such organizations as DownBeat magazine and Jazzfest USA, among others.

As an active recitalist, orchestral soloist, jazz artist, and clinician, Bongiorno has performed and presented throughout the United States and abroad. In addition, he performs regularly as a member of the renowned Ryoanji Duo (saxophone & classical guitar), as well as with his jazz group. Other performing credits include performances as a supporting musician for the Four Tops, Carol Channing, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Rogers, Frankie Vallie, Johnny Mathis, as well as for the movie sound track of Chasers.

Bongiorno's solo compact disc recordings include the critically acclaimed Classic Saxophone, Classic Saxophone, Vol. 2: Musica da camera, and Images, as a member of the Ryoanji Duo. He has also recorded a jazz play along CD of original jazz compositions as well as a master class CD on learning to improvise using transcriptions for Jazz Player Magazine and a saxophone vibrato master class CD released by the Saxophone Journal.

He has numerous publications including saxophone transcriptions of "Classical" music, original compositions for jazz combo, paper presentations at international meetings and conferences, as well as over 100 articles and reviews in various trade journals. He has been featured in a front cover interview in the January/February 1993 issue of the Saxophone Journal and is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music, Seventeenth Edition and the Outstanding Musicians of the 20th Century.

Frank Bongiorno joined the JazzTimes community on Feb 02, 2010